Where Is The STEM Incentive in the Western Australian Curriculum?

In this author’s home state of Western Australia, the education system is governed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) which is “responsible for Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum, assessment, standards and reporting for all Western Australian Schools.” SCSA produces a curriculum which is almost a clone of the national Australian Curriculum as well […]

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“BALLS!” to Intelligent Design

There are so, so, many areas in which the idea of intelligent design falls flat on its face or, because of the nature of this writing, get a kick in the balls. Surely, none more so, that the evidence in the placement of men’s testicles. Why on earth would anybody, intelligent or not, place a […]

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STEAM Does NOT Stand For ‘Spaghetti Tower Experiments And Marshmallows’

I’m glad they’re calling it STEAM now instead of STEM because it was easier to expand the acronym to make my point. STEAM or STEM, it doesn’t matter, although it seems that by adding the ‘A’ for Art we can drop another dedicated subject and now tick five boxes instead of four in an hour’s […]

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Kids Love Science, But Just Maybe Not Your Class

I know that if, at the start of the school year, if I tell the students that we are going to learning a lot of science that they’ll almost be bouncing off their seats, smiling, talking to their neighbours with such excitement that you would think I’d just put a thick gooey chocolate cake in […]

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Diane Douglas Brings ‘Stupid’ to Arizona

Now and then you think that things are finally going right and that progress is moving in the right direction. But then, from a great height, some idiot drops a whole pile of stupid in front of you, and the path to progress is blocked once again. This happened in 2018 in Arizona, United States, […]

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Science is Contagious

We all know that children follow each other like sheep. They want to hang around with the cool kids; they want to be seen to like the same things others do for acceptance. Being cool usually means that you’re doing something different to the majority; something that stands out. Research has shown that when students […]

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Why science for girls is probably more important than for boys

There have been, and continue to be, many studies and reports on how to encourage more girls to pursue science and math careers. These studies and reports talk about trying to shake off the nerdy image of scientists and mathematicians, how to use female role models to encourage girls into the sciences or careers involving […]

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